Do You Believe the Gift of Prophecy Has Ceased?

Question from a Reader:

Do you believe the gift of prophecy has ceased?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

I am personally not a cessationist. But I do think it is reasonable to believe that God has in this time (and place) reduced the prominence of the sign gifts. I definitely believe that God has distributed sign gifts, healings, visions, and other supernatural works more widely in some cultures than He has in others, including in the western world. When He is penetrating a culture with the gospel, He seems often to do these obviously miraculous works. I have heard many stories to this effect from very credible missionaries and national Christians alike.

I share some lengthy thoughts specifically on prophecy in Is the Gift of Prophecy in the Church Today Handled Carefully and with Discernment? If you wish to read more about the gift of prophecy today, what it is and what it isn’t, an interesting book is Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today. John Piper also shares some helpful thoughts in these videos: Are Prophecy and Tongues Alive Today?

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries